The Spotted Bufodd

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Female Spotted Bufodd (Bottom View)

The Spotted Bufodd is a small, winged arthropod that inhabits the High Wood. Of the many species of Bufodd found here, this particular species has a unique role. This small creature shares a symbiotic relationship to the largest predator in the highwood, The Gigatus. Because the Gigatus moves so slowly in such a moist climate, algae and fungi grow and thrive all over its translucent body. The Spotted Bufodd cleans and grooms this overgrowth of the Gigatus keeping the encroaching plants and fungi at bay. If it isn’t cleared away regularly, the Gigatus becomes susceptible to infection from the rotting plant and fungi matter. Spotted Bufodd are herbivores and their small flat mouths are well adapted for scraping up vegetation and fungi. While this plant growth can be potentially dangerous to the Gigatus, it provides a steady and plentiful diet for the Spotted Bufodd.

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Male Spotted Bufodd

Spotted Bufodd rarely leave their chosen Gigatus, and will reproduce on the same host for generations, as their life span tends to be a mere four years. They attach their egg clusters to the Gigatus, usually near the underside of its body, using a sticky fluid that comes from the reproductive organs of the female. Females lay up to twenty eggs at a time. Most of the eggs will fall from the Gigatus before they hatch or be stolen by Mardiks and other canopy scavengers. Male and female Spotted Bufodd are usually the same size and weight so there is little difference between the sexes. Males will attach themselves to females for up to a fill day, depositing sperm into her epigyne or genital opening. Once the sperm has been deposited, the female will hold onto the sperm for months afterward. This increases the chance of having offspring if males are not present on the host.

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9 Responses to The Spotted Bufodd

  1. Kelsey says:

    Wow! Do they have any predators? (I hope not!)

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  3. Josh says:

    Small? I suppose it’s small compared to the Gigatus. Are there birds in Orcura or do arthropods mostly fill that niche?

  4. Josh says:

    Are there birds/avians in the River Morae ecosystem or is that niche filled by “small” winged arthropods like the Buffod?

    • admin says:

      Josh, There are some small winged mammals that belong to Orcura. As far as avians go, they exist, however most are walkers. There is still a lot that needs to be discovered about Solturna and the larger Orcura.

  5. Mark says:

    If they have no predetors, how is their population kept in check?

    • admin says:

      Females aren’t always breeding. They carry sperm with them and only produce eggs when necessary. Also: “Most of the eggs will fall from the Gigatus before they hatch or be stolen by Mardiks and other canopy scavengers”

  6. Lurker says:

    I can just imagine this flying in to a human face…

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